DNV Adds New Cloud Simulator Training Certification


  • DNV introduces a new class D for cloud-based simulation training.
  • ST-0033 Maritime Simulator Systems standard is revised with the addition of a new class D.
  • Class D addresses the need to educate new seafarers as well as to enable seafarers to renew their existing certificates.

Norway-based classification society DNV has introduced a new class D for areas covering cloud-based simulation, says a press release published on their website.

Revised Maritime Simulator Systems 

DNV has revised its ST-0033 Maritime Simulator Systems standard with the introduction of a new class D for all function areas covering cloud-based simulation.

The new standard sets an industry first, and DNV is ready to begin certification of simulators that are compliant.

Simulators to train seafarers

The use of remote methods to deliver training programmes for seafarers has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of restricted or impossible physical attendance at training and examination centres.

The new simulator class D has been developed to address the need to educate new seafarers as well as to enable serving seafarers to renew their existing certificates.

Although remote simulation is not new technology in itself, the core focus of the revision was on the replacement of hardware with a software-enabled artificial environment presented in such a way that the user suspends belief and accepts it as a real environment (VR) while still maintaining the required behavioural realism.

Important aspect in remote setups

The most important aspect in remote setups are instructor and assessor facilities. The new class now divides between:

  • interactive, synchronous, continuous online instructor-led simulation;
  • detached, asynchronous student-led simulation;
  • or a combination of (a) and (b) when operated synchronously or asynchronously depending upon the nature of the exercise to meet training objectives.

Kongsberg Digital’s participation

“As one of the first to develop remote, cloud-based simulation solutions, meeting the demand for new training methods, Kongsberg Digital is delighted that DNV has developed this new class D certification. It recognizes the value contributed by cloud-based technology in recent months and how it can continue to be an integral part of maritime training in the future,” commented Andreas Jagtøyen, EVP Digital Ocean, Kongsberg Digital.

Training in spite of Covid restrictions

“By formulating class D, DNV is helping to ensure that seafarers can go through their required training in spite of the restrictions of COVID 19,” said Captain Aksel David Nordholm, Simulator Certification Specialist in DNV SeaSkill™. “We are now ready to commence required certification of maritime simulators that comply with the new class,” he added.

“Training is an extremely important safety barrier for shipping, and for DNV to certify training schemes and the latest methods of distance learning is yet another great example of our commitment to safety at sea,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV Maritime.

The DNV ST-0033 Maritime Simulator Systems has been revised frequently since its initial publication in January 2000.

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Source: DNV